Ep18: Autumn treats galore in Hurunui

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  • 30 March, 2022
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On this edition of Kiwi Tripsters we head for the hills, the hot pools, the vines and coastline of the Hurunui District. From sipping wine in Waipara to gazing in wonder at the cliffs of Gore Bay, join us for a flavourful autumn roadie all over the Hurunui.

Beach and cliff at Gore Bay. Photo: Cheviot NZ
Beach and cliff at Gore Bay. Photo: Cheviot NZ

Hurunui’s southern gateway is wreathed in vines. Welcome to the wonderful wine region of Waipara. We highlight some of the fabulous Ma and Pa enterprises that power this region, from Torlesse Wines and Terrace Edge to Georges Road Wines and The Bone Line.

Waipara valley wines. Photo: Tourism NZ

When you’ve had your fill of the wine trail, launch yourself into Hurunui’s incredible food scene. We take a look at the incredible makeover of the Amberley Hotel, savour the culinary verve at Waipara Springs Winery & Café before heading to Hanmer to nosh at the Hanmer Springs Hotel and No. 31 Restaurant.

Hamner Springs pools in New Zealand
Hanmer Springs Pools. Photo: Hanmer Springs

A time-honoured haven of healing, Hanmer Springs is pitch-perfect for relaxation and recreation. We take a restorative dip at the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa before hitting the amazing trails through the forests and across the countryside. Don’t miss the Forest Amble Walk, festooned with whimsical wooden sculptures.

Hamner sprigs view from Conical Hill
Hanmer Springs view from Conical Hill. Photo: Visit Hurunui

An essential experience when road-tripping the Hurunui is the Gore Bay Tourist Drive. Swap the countryside for the coast on this classic Kiwi detour, where nature’s wizardry hits next-level. We showcase Manuka Bay, the Cathedral Cliffs, the Ready Money Trail and there’s a special place to stay that will blow your socks off!

Manuka Bay in South Island New Zealand
Manuka Bay views. Photo: Cheviot NZ

Whether you’re sampling wines in the coolest little wine region of Waipara, marvelling over limestone landscapes, basking your body in thermal hot pools, or blazing the magnificent coastal and forest trails, the Hurunui District is loaded with holiday adventure and pure pleasure. Make your first stop the region’s official visitors website. https://visithurunui.co.nz

  • 01:16 Hurunui wine country, Waipara Valley
  • 09:25 Gastronomy in the Waipara Valley
  • 17:17 Hot pools in the Hamner Springs
  • 23:13 Gore Bay tourist drive

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